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TIME IS YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET, YET WE TEND TO WASTE IT, KILL IT AND SPEND IT RATHER THAN INVEST IT – JIM ROHN
I don’t if you all had the opportunity to watch my live transmission last night but I basically spoke about Time Management focused on English learning. Since that’s a very important topic in my opinion and I suppose some of you might have missed it, I decided to bring the highlights and share the tips and apps that I use to organize the routine and get my things done in a very productive way.
Like you guys, I also have so many things to do (and I don’t have kids yet kkkk) and I almost go crazy when I see all the things that must be done. Managing your time and prioritizing your tasks, your projects and your goals are really important things. So take note of what you like, put into practice and let me know your favorite ones.
First tip – It’s called POMODORO TECHNIQUE. It’s pretty old and famous but not everyone knows about it. Pomodoro Technique can help you get focused when you have something big and important and you don’t want to do that.
So, first of all, set your timer for 25 minutes and that’s the time you have to stay focused while working on your project. Study verbs, do your homework, listen to a podcast but DON’T check your cell phone, social media, WhatsApp or anything like that. You must be focused for 25 minutes nonstop.
When the timer rings, then you can rest for 5 minutes. You can drink some water, pee, talk to your spouse, check your Instagram, Facebook… 5 minutes ok? Not 10, not 20… 5 minutes and after that, get back to work for 25 minutes more. Repeat the process 3x and the third rest may be longer: 30 minutes.
Guys, you can manage the time you’re keeping yourself focused alright? Focus 20 – rest 10 and so on. The original technique consists in 25 – 5 -25 – 5
But you must be flexible and honest with yourself and see what fits better into your schedule. Again, that’s just a suggestion and to be really honest, it works perfectly for me! It actually helps me a lot when I have to do something, especially when I’m tired. So, give it a try ok?
You can use the chrome extension called Marinara Pomodoro but if you prefer to use your cell phone, I’m pretty sure you can find an App called Pomodoro to help you out. A simple timer works perfectly as well alright?
Tip number 2: Make your ENGLISH LEARNING PROCESS fit into your schedule. If you’re too busy that you can’t even breath, so use your time wisely. You know when you’re doing things that you can’t do anything else, but that activity? For example: taking a shower, driving to work/school, cleaning the house, having lunch, taking the bus or train, washing the dishes…? That’s the moment where ENGLISH should be with you through some listening exercises: podcasts, audiobooks, news, our English Bites, WHATEVER YOU WISH!
I know you guys are super busy but let me tell you something: WHERE THERE’S WILL, THERE’S A WAY. Memorize this quote. Use it as a screensaver or a desktop picture. But have in mind that, if you wanna improve your English, no one will ever stop you and you’re the only one capable of doing that. Train your ear by listening to some English audios EVERY DAY – even if you are a beginner!
Tip number 3: MAKE A TO-DO LIST and have ENGLISH as your PRIORITY!
You know, I used to be very skeptic about to-do lists some months ago. I used to believe that I could memorize everything I had to do and accomplish but OF COURSE, it’s not possible. We have to write down everything we gotta do, from little and tiny tasks like taking the trash out to huge ones like organizing an event, mainly because some of these tasks, you’ll have to break down in smaller parts to get it done (like organizing an event)
I always start my TO-DO list with my priorities and every day I set 3 priorities. They are usually bigger or more difficult to accomplish so I tend to start my day by solving them as quick as possible. That’s my personal tip for you.
And one more thing: Be flexible and realistic. You won’t be able to do one hundred things in one single day – you’re not a wonder woman or Superman… Or maybe you are, but forget it. Not even Superman would be able to do 100 things in just one day, ‘cause even Superman has his limits kkkk
Oh, and check your list first thing in the morning, so you can have an idea what your priorities are and focus on them and take a look at it again at night. Check mark the tasks you’ve finished. Check out your following day, things you gotta do, if something is going to change if your priorities are going to change that day. Every morning and every night: stick with your to-do list!
Tip number 4: PLAN YOUR TASKS BEFORE EXECUTING THEM. Have a calendar and a planner with you. I like planning my week on Sunday night so I think of every little thing I have to do along the week, how long each task is gonna take… And I also plan what I am going to need to have that task done: a car? Money? Of if it’s on the computer – what websites I should use, what videos I should watch… I don’t know. What I mean is, don’t plan to study grammar (a general topic) on Tuesday at 9 pm without thinking what grammar you’re gonna study and where you are going to get the information from.
For example, I’m planning to study Grammar – Simple Past on Tuesday at 9 pm, and I’m gonna use this, this and that website to study. For the exercises, I’ll need that website to help me.
Take your calendar, your planner… write what you’re gonna do each day (listening, reading, grammar…) and where? Which website are you gonna use? What topic of your grammar book? Which audio? Which podcasts? What are you gonna do?
Well guys, tip number 5 and my last tip for today is: USE TOOLS AND APPS IN YOUR FAVOR. Unless you are a paper person like me, there are so many awesome apps that can help you organize all your tasks. I’ll leave some suggestions and you can see which ones you prefer ok?
- Remember the Milk (rememberthemilk.com)
- Wunderlist (wunderlist.com)
- One Note (Disponível quando você instala o Office)
- Ever Note (evernote.com)
- Trello (trello.com)
They are all free apps but in case you like them, theyhttp://www.rememberthemilk.com have premium versions with more options to help you even more.
Guys, I really hope these tips today can help you manage your time. Not only with your time but also with your productivity because you know, being busy is not necessarily the same as being productive and we can always improve for better.
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